Richard Harry Harms
Second Lieutenant, United States Army Air Corps
of Rutgers University:
Richard Harry Harms was born on March 12, 1921, at West, New York, and died May 4, 1943, at Pennsville, New Jersey.
Attended Cliffside Park High School, West, New York and entered Rutgers in September 1938, receiving a BAdegree in May 1941.
Richard entered service January 26, 1942, U.S. Army Air Corps, and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant, March 24, 1942.
While at Rutgers, Richard was active in the History Club and German Club and was elected to Delta Phi Alpha, an honorary German Society. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa in just three years.
In the service, he received his wings at Marianna
Army Airfield, Florida before transferring to the Army Airbase at Municipal
Airport in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for advanced training. While on a
routine flight over Pennsville, New Jersey, his aircraft exploded. The
Army could not give any information as to the nature or cause of the incident.
Richard was buried in Arlington National Cemetery with honors.